The Squamish Lil’wat Cultural Centre, the latest addition to the Whistler resort village, will feature exhibits including traditional and contemporary First Nations weavings, canoes carved from cedar logs, and artworks.
EDMONTON, March 19 – Today at a National Forum for First Nations Health Managers, held at the Edmonton Marriott River Cree Resort, First Nations Health Managers will look for ways to create professional development opportunities, to recruit and retain quality employees and overcome issues like staff recruitment, retention and compensation.
First Nations Health Managers, have a much broader set of responsibilities than other health executives. In addition to hiring, firing and managing budgets, First Nation Health Managers are often involved in clinical work, health promotion, everything from education about pregnancy to disposing of remains at death. They work in environments where technology can change quickly, for example in telehealth, but staff shortages often make it hard for them to take time away from their communities to upgrade their skills.
For Immediate Release
March 18, 2008
Ministry of Aboriginal Relations and Reconciliation
Council of Western Treaty 8 Chiefs
FORT ST. JOHN – Today, on Treaty 8 territory, the Province and chiefs of four Treaty 8 First Nations signed an economic benefits agreement that will provide a share of financial benefits from natural resource development on part of the First Nations’ territory to their communities and enhance land-use collaboration in B.C.’s northeast region, Aboriginal Relations and Reconciliation Minister Michael de Jong and the chiefs announced.
MNBC representatives provided a delegation of approximately 60 Aboriginal delegates and University administrators an overview the employment and training services provided by the MNBC. The MNBC presentation was well sreceived by delegates.
Métis Nation BC
Emplloyment & Traiiniing
∞ This presentation will assist you toward a better understanding of the Métis Employment and Training services.
∞ This will include some partnerships, program successes, and initiatives.
∞ Métis Nation British Columbia administers the Métis Human Resource Development Agreement (MHRDA) to improve the employment potential, earning capacity and selfsufficiency of Métis people in British Columbia.
Ardoch leader left in jail; Oversight causes Bob Lovelace to miss court date
Posted By Sue Yanagisawa
A second round of contempt charges against two Algonquin communities and several of their supporters, arising out of last summer’s uranium-mine protests north of Sharbot Lake, never really got off the ground yesterday.
From Wednesday’s Globe and Mail
March 19, 2008 at 4:55 AM EDT
TORONTO — Leaders of native communities in Northern Ontario have suspended talks with the provincial government on exploring for mineral riches on their traditional lands, potentially derailing future mining and other natural resources projects.
U’mista Cultural Society One of Seven Winners Worldwide of Grants Designed to Preserve and Protect Information Heritage
TORONTO, March 18 – EMC Corporation, the world leader in information infrastructure solutions, today announced the U’mista Cultural Society http://www.umista.ca/ in Alert Bay, B.C., is one of seven organizations receiving EMC Heritage Trust Project awards totaling US$100,000. The Heritage Trust awards are designed to protect and improve access to information in communities around the world. EMC received 325 applications from 34 countries since announcing the inaugural awards program last May.
Phil Fontaine, National Post
Published: Tuesday, March 18, 2008
The recent National Post series, “Rethinking the Reserve,” has renewed public debate and interest about the place of First Nations in Canada and our relationship to the state and the rest of Canadian society. This public spotlight allows us to focus on a key message: Investing in First Nations today pays dividends for Canada’s future. Our well-being is tied to Canada’s well-being as a nation.
Bands upset with ruling that sets aside aboriginal title argument
The chiefs of four Interior bands are angry after a B.C. Court of Appeal ruled their claims of aboriginal title can’t form part of their defence against charges they logged in 1999 in contravention of provincial laws.
For their continued disobeyance and defiance of a court order, six members of Kitchenuhmaykoosib Inninuwug (KI) First Nation were sentenced Monday to six-month jail terms in Thunder Bay‘s Superior Court.
Jennifer Podemski, National Post
Published: Tuesday, March 18, 2008
This week’s diarist is Toronto actress Jennifer Podemski. She is the creative producer for the National Aboriginal Achievement Awards, which took place in Toronto on March 7. The show will be broadcast Saturday on Global and April 5 on APTN–both at 8p.m. ET. Podemski kept her diary earlier this month.
Native leaders sentenced to jail in mining protest
Aboriginal umbrella group breaks off talks with provincial government over decision
From Tuesday’s Globe and Mail
March 18, 2008 at 4:21 AM EDT
OTTAWA — Native leaders from a remote Northwestern Ontario reserve were sent to jail in handcuffs yesterday for opposing mining on their traditional lands, as an opposition leader blamed the Ontario government for failing to resolve the conflict.
Chiefs angry native title can’t be part of defence
The Canadian Press
March 18, 2008
Vancouver — The chiefs of four Interior bands are angry after the B.C. Court of Appeal ruled their claims of aboriginal title can’t form part of their defence against charges they violated provincial laws in 1999 by logging in three areas.
FOUR FEDERAL BY-ELECTIONS
Liberals win in Toronto, lose in Saskatchewan
Tight Liberal-Tory race reported in Vancouver Quadra; Conservatives take northern Saskatchewan seat
With reports from Joe Friesen in Prince Albert and The Canadian Press
March 18, 2008
OTTAWA — Two of the people who battled Stéphane Dion for the Liberal leadership will take seats in the House of Commons after by-elections last night in four federal ridings – but the Conservatives took one riding from the Liberals.
Karen Brownlee, Leader-Post
Published: Tuesday, March 18, 2008
As much as $1.3 million in questionable spending has prompted the federal government and the Saskatchewan Indian Training Assessment Group (SITAG) to look into a Regina agency that helps urban aboriginal people gain employment training.
BRANDON, MB – The Brandon University Visual and Aboriginal Arts Department and the Brandon University Fine Arts Students Association are proud to present the student art exhibit Into the Open from March 19 to March 29, 2008 at the Glen P. Sutherland Gallery of Art. This season’s last group exhibit will showcase artworks from all media, subjects, and course levels. An opening reception with refreshments will be held on Thursday, March 20 at 7:00 p.m.
TORONTO, March 18 – On March 17, 2007 in Thunder Bay, Kitchenuhmaykoosib Inninuwug Chief Donny Morris, four Councillors, and a community member were sentenced by Ontario Superior Court Justice Patrick Smith to six month jail terms for contempt of an October 25, 2007 court ruling.
“I vehemently disagree with our people being jailed for defending their constitutional rights. The sentencing of Chief Morris and Councillors demonstrates all that is wrong with settling these issues through the Courts” stated Ontario Regional Chief Angus Toulouse.
TORONTO, March 18 – CIBC (CM: TSX;NYSE) is pleased to sponsor the 15th annual National Aboriginal Achievement Awards. Each year, the awards recognize outstanding career achievements of First Nations, Inuit and Métis people, in diverse occupations, including one award given to a lifetime achievement recipient and one for an outstanding youth achiever. In addition to recognizing some of the Aboriginal community’s brightest talents, the awards aim to build self esteem and pride and provide valuable role models for Aboriginal youth.
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VANCOUVER, BC, PRESS RELEASE–(March 18, 2008) – The Union of BC Indian Chiefs and BC Assembly of First Nations are calling on the Crown to cease in their efforts to proceed with a judicial review of Commissioner William Davies’ recent ruling in the Frank Paul Inquiry. Commissioner Davies ruled that the Criminal Justice Branch was included among the public bodies enumerated in the terms of reference and that the actions taken by the Branch in this case would be available for examination at the inquiry. This would relate to both the processes they followed and the decisions made when prosecutors reviewed the death of Frank Paul.
HALIFAX, NOVA SCOTIA–(March 18, 2008) – The Honourable Jean-Pierre Blackburn, Minister of Labour and Minister of the Economic Development Agency of Canada for the Regions of Quebec, visited Halifax today to meet with community groups and stakeholders to promote the Government of Canada’s commitment to creating racism-free workplaces.
“As Canadians we expect more-more of ourselves and more of our society. We all have a responsibility-as workers, as employers and as citizens-to take a stand against racial discrimination,” said Minister Blackburn. “Providing equal access to employment opportunities makes Canada a more diverse country than ever before, and we are richer for the experience.”
March 17, 2008 – With the Ontario legislature resuming sitting this week, over 30 groups and organizations are urging the government to overhaul its outdated mining laws and policies. In an Open Letter to the Premier, a wide range of social justice organizations, faith groups and environmental groups express their deep concern that the Mining Act in Ontario is taking precedence over human rights and ecological concerns.
EDMONTON, ALBERTA, March 18, 2008 — Families and individuals in Alberta working to break free from the cycles of homelessness and poverty and building a stronger future for themselves are getting help from the Government of Canada.
Mr. Laurie Hawn, Member of Parliament for Edmonton Centre, on behalf of the Honourable Monte Solberg, Minister of Human Resources and Social Development, today announced funding for 37 projects worth over $25 million in Alberta under the government’s Homelessness Partnering Strategy (HPS).
SASKATOON, SASKATCHEWAN, March 18, 2008 — Families and individuals in Saskatchewan working to break free from homelessness and poverty and build a stronger future for themselves are getting help from the Government of Canada.
Mrs. Lynne Yelich, Parliamentary Secretary and Member of Parliament for Blackstrap, on behalf of the Honourable Monte Solberg, Minister of Human Resources and Social Development, today announced that during the first year of the Homelessness Partnering Strategy (HPS), the Government has funded 19 projects worth over $3.6 million in Saskatchewan.
EDMONTON , AB – March 18, 2008 – Environment Canada and Fisheries and Oceans Canada have laid three charges against the Canadian National Railway Company (CN) under the federal Migratory Birds Convention Act, 1994 and the federal Fisheries Act.
CN is charged with one count under subsection 5.1(1) of the Migratory Birds Convention Act, 1994, for allegedly depositing a substance harmful to migratory birds in water frequented by birds, and two charges under subsection 35(1) of the Fisheries Act for the alleged harmful alteration, disruption, or destruction of fish habitat.
On Thursday, March 13, 2008 the Congress of Aboriginal Peoples held a community meeting at Masonic Lodge in Happy Valley – Goose Bay. The meeting was held to raise awareness about the Powley Decision and Powley Implementation, as well as to gather comments and concerns from various Metis communities.
“Today is the International Day for the Elimination of Racial Discrimination and this year’s theme Dignity and Justice – the Cornerstones of Combating Racial Discrimination, deeply resonates with First Nations people in Canada.
This past year, Common Experience Payments (CEP) to residential school survivors have been processed. While these payments do not erase the grave injustice experienced by many First Nations children and their families, its aim is to address the past indignity and injustice endured by many generations of First Nation children in residential schools. It is hoped that residential school survivors can work towards healing and strengthening their families and communities and begin to move forward.
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
March 18, 2008
“The Union of BC Indian Chiefs finds the jailing of Chief Donny Morris and all six council members of Kitchenuhmaykoosib Inninuwug First Nation to be completely outrageous. Once again the Province of Ontario has jailed community members for protecting not only their territories but their fundamental human rights,” said Grand Chief Phillip, President of the Union of BC Indian Chiefs. “Such brutal, heavy-handed and highly provocative sentencing by the Courts of Ontario shall only serve to exacerbate an already dangerously volatile situation.”
To: Local Government Mayors, Chairs, and Administrators BC First Nations Chiefs and Administrators
From: UBCM Executive and First Nations Summit Task Group
Date: March 19, 2008
The Union of BC Municipalities and First Nations Summit are pleased to announce that funding for Regional Community to Community (C2C) Forums is now available for events between April 1, 2008 and March 31, 2009. This is an exciting opportunity and we invite you to respond by organizing an event in your area.
Lac La Croix First Nation partnership with Gemini Power Corp. On November 8, 2007 the final agreements were executed with Gemini Power Corp. to establish Gemini Power Corp. as an equity partner on the Namakan River Hydro Development Project. A ceremony was conducted on November 11th in the Lac La Croix Community roundhouse to bring life to the agreements.
Cultural Advisor and Elder, Kalvin Ottertail conducted the spiritual ceremony on behalf of the Council and Chief Leon Jourdain, that formally established the High Falls Development Partnership.